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Running Wild (Havoc Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

SE Jakes , Stephanie Tyler

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From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Tyler, writing as SE Jakes....

Embrace the danger.

Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.

Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.

Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.

Word count: 69,300; page count: 270

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 246 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Riptide Publishing (28. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00LDHBQIY
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An emotional exploration of self acceptance, forgiveness and love 30. Juni 2014
Von Spifette - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an interesting read. To me, it feels like Ms. Jakes trying something different. A different tone, a slower, more focused pace. Focused in that Sean and Ryker are the main players, sharing limited time with supporting characters. There are many but they themselves are focused, all inhabiting important roles. Additionally, the story is told from Sean Rush’s point of view and it aided in my understanding of him, which is necessary because he’s a rather complicated guy. I think Jakes understands him very well, his voice being clear, humorous, stubborn and struggling. It means his colloquialisms and his way of thinking are spilled upon the page unapologetically and undoubtedly.

Actually, the entire story felt brave to me. It was slow to develop, slow to reveal its secrets, slow to let us all see – most of all Sean – just how much love and caring were up for grabs between Sean and Ryker. In other words, it snuck up on me. Once again, Jakes showed me why I can trust her as a storyteller. The twists, the small but powerful payoffs, the depth of emotion that can be displayed by characters living in a morally liquid world.

** Noah softened. “I get it. You want to spend time with him. But dude, he ever going to come see you in the day?”

“I thought you said that didn’t matter.” (Sean speaking)

Noah stared at me steadily. “You matter. So I want you to matter to him.” **

Noah, y’all, Noah. He’s a longtime friend of Sean’s, going on more than ten years now. They met each other in juvenile hall as young teenagers and ended up in the military, both serving in Iraq. Noah cares but manages to often get in in his own way, let alone everyone else’s. He’s painted as someone who maybe has shifting loyalties but that’s not the case. He’s rather deeply woven throughout the entire story.

Continuing on the supporting character track for a moment, this all takes place in and around Sean’s hometown essentially. This means a lot of people know him, or think they know him, including coppers, MC members and ghosts from the past. Jakes does a good job in using both the setting and the characters to help paint the “why” of how Sean is the man he is and the man he maybe could become. The path is not always clear.

There are some unexpected mysterious elements in this story. Some come from outside sources and some come from Sean himself. He doesn’t always know what’s going on, doesn’t have the whole picture, and we’re taking that journey along with him. It’s difficult to do this sort of first person presentation and it felt real to me, consistent, I could understand Sean’s emotions, reactions and frustrations. Like the entire story itself, the unfurling of Sean’s character was just as slow. The result? The payoffs are even more meaningful. And believe me, there are payoffs.

Before you think me remiss, I will touch on the following: yes, the sex is hot. It’s complicated. It’s sometimes emotional. It’s angry and gentle and needful and unique to Sean and Ryker. It’s even exploratory on some levels. But yeah, it’s hot.

Here’s something else: to me, this didn’t feel strictly like two “alphas” going at it. Both Sean and Ryker are made of many layers, complicated and simple all at once, just like most of us. This didn’t feel like what can be a typical squaring off of two equally matched guys battling to a draw. No, this is much more than that. Neither character is all that subtle in most of their actions and words, but just when you think it’s safe to sit back and watch the testosterone fly, one of them does or says something that’s like a gut punch right to your emotional center. This is something that Jakes does so well with her characters about whom she’s intimately knowledgeable and my emotional center still has bruises to prove it. She allowed these guys to become what they wanted in this story, in that moment. They’re messy, imperfect, influenced by the choices the adults in their lives made when they were kids, and are now having to live with their own decisions and the aftermath of those choices.

As I mentioned above, the pace of this story felt calm, but it’s filled with undercurrents of energy just waiting to be released. When they are? They’re actually lovely and almost understated. The criminal activity takes a backseat to the exploration of self-forgiveness and allowing oneself to be loved. These are two things a lot of us can understand and identify with. I think that’s why I felt like I could set aside their chosen professions and focus on just them. I settled in and witnessed a difficult journey filled with constant questions, realizations and a high level of determination that made them both worthy of what they found.

I love that I was surprised by the way this story unfolded. I love that it took me time to find the groove because, once I arrived, it was like a painting becoming brighter and brighter as each candle of connection was lit. I get it. I got it. And I loved it.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointed 8. Juli 2014
Von pb_reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
2.5 stars
This book is a touch erratic. There are a lot of things happening and a lot are in Sean's head. The entire story is from his first person POV. I had a hard time getting into it. It's not a typical badass biker boys book. Ryker isn't an alphahole despite initial signs. That said, it's a long book for minimal development. I walked away knowing very little about Ryker...like, is that even his real name? Is it a first or last name?

I think my biggest gripe is the relationship development. It may be spoilery though so...
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Don't get me wrong; there's hot sex. There's just not enough internal relationship stuff for me. There are plenty of external issues though. And it's neat how those all seemed tied up at the end.

I was interested by the gender dynamics. I found myself questioning the behaviors of both Sean and Rush at various times, but then I realized the actions were likely true to character. My issues were invalid and based on institutionalized gender norms that my brain kept spitting out. I like that the author made me question my thoughts even when it was uncomfortable.

Overall, disappointing story. I was excited for this one, so the letdown is a bit more.

*This review was originally posted on Goodreads.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Review: Running Wild (Havoc Book 1) by SE Jakes 11. Juli 2014
Von Tori @SmexyBooks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sean Rush, ex military, ex convict, and current car thief, has been having an affair for the last eight months with an unknown man who sneaks into his home late at night and fulfills all his sexual fantasies. He knows nothing about the man except he is big, quiet, and amazingly talented in bed. As they spend more time together, Sean begins to realize that he wants more than just some stolen moments in the dead of the night.

Ryker, a lieutenant for the Havoc motorcycle club, has been watching Sean for a long time but only recently gave himself permission to act on his attraction. When things start to go south for Sean, Rykers protective instincts kick in and he drags Sean to the Havoc compound for safety. Sean has lots of secrets though, some that can destroy Havoc and everything Ryker has built if they all aren’t careful.

When Ryker’s own secrets come to light. Ryker will have to convince Sean that its not the rush that keeps them together, but the love that has built despite it.

I was excited to see S.E. Jakes was writing a M/M romance centering around a motorcycle club. There aren’t many of them out there and I really enjoyed her Men of Honor series. An interesting premise hints at a troubled young man whose lover will do anything for him and ends up having to prove that. That being said, Running Wild failed on multiple levels for me. My first point of contention is the secret sex. It’s eerily similar to Kristen Ashley’s Mystery Man premise. I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now. No one lets someone break into their home for almost a year to have anonymous sex with them. Fiction or not, it’s not romantic no matter how you spin it. It smacks dubious consent and cowardice.

Second problem was Sean himself. Being in his head was a confusing journey and I likened it to watching one of those tiny rubber balls bouncing around. His thought process goes 90 miles a minute in multiple directions; flashing between past and present, speech and thought with nary a contextual clue to help you follow along. I do think Jakes did a good job with showing us someone who I suspect has ADD along with his PSTD might act. He has very limited control and being an adrenaline junkie to boot doesn’t help. I found his inability to sit still and just listen to be extremely tiring. He also had a “bratty” nature to him that wasn’t appealing, but that’s on me. I’m not a fan of adults who act like that in books or real life.

The storyline was a myriad of sub plots that overwhelm the book. The gist of the story is a car theft ring that pits three central groups against one another-putting Sean directly in the middle. Between the races, thefts, accidents, flashbacks, interjection of other series characters and storylines, kidnappings, the club’s businesses, and other MCs…I was confused about 75% of the book. Everything is very limited in explanation. An onslaught of information is dropped on us throughout the book but most of the actual events happen off scene. There is minimal development for such an convoluted storyline. There is also a supernatural scene that just left me staring blankly at the book. I know why it was done but I felt it was complete overkill.

The romance was steamy at times, sexually speaking, but I didn’t buy into Sean and Ryker’s chemistry. They already had an 8 month relationship before the book even starts, so we weren’t able to see their interactions or their thoughts during that time. Sean spoke of it in his disjointed way, but I felt Ryker’s explanations were a little bland. Once we learn his secret, his actions make more sense but I still couldn’t see beyond lust between the two of them. I never saw the “spark” that they saw in each other that would lead them to love.

While I enjoy some of Jakes’ works, I don’t foresee me continuing this one unless book two takes a much different route.

RATING: D
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not your typical Biker Romance, But SE Jakes Never Writes Anything Typical 29. Juni 2014
Von Sophia Rose - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy this author's writing so it was a no-contest that I'd try the new book in her latest series about a car thief and a biker. I didn't really go in with any expectations, but this book certainly went the unexpected route for me. I wasn't sure what to think after so many twists and turns, but in the end I was well-pleased with the result. The car culture and biker culture combo were a fantastic backdrop.

Sean Rush grew up hard and tough, he ended up with a juvie record and a stint in the army, and now that he's out he's trying to go legit working on cars. The tame life chafes at him which is why he hasn't questioned or quit the weird set up he has going with the mysterious Ryker of the Havoc MC who visits him in the middle of the night ever so often to give him hard, hot sex and leaves before the morning sun only to send a single red rose with thorns still intact that day. Then the status quo is altered when his best buddy Noah shares that he's in trouble over his head and needs Sean's help boosting a car to square things with the local middle guy. This one incident is like the snowball rolling down hill and becoming an avalanche. Sean's in even more trouble than he can get off on.

When he's almost killed, the situation with Ryker changes. Ryker becomes a caregiver and protector before finally deciding enough is enough and brings Sean to the Havoc compound. Sean knows things with Ryker are crazy and can't work, but he still wants to be with Ryker in the meantime. Ryker knows him through and through, but Sean has some pretty big secrets that can tear them apart and they do. Then again, Ryker has his own secrets too. Trouble comes Sean's way again and he lets it carry him back into the thick of things and away from Ryker. He will protect everyone he cares about the best he can even if it means running.

This one is pure adrenaline from start to finish. There is barely any down time and left me almost breathless as I read. Truthfully, a lot of what goes down in this one is because Sean goes off half-cocked much of the time. It was transparently clear to me near the beginning that he was one hot mess. He was running fast and hard through his life pretty much to avoid stopping to think. He's dealing with a strong case of survivor's guilt, PTSD, and emotional trauma caused by some stuff from his younger years. His friend's carboosting habits and Ryker's night visits just feed his need for speed.
Because of this, I found Sean's character and having him as a first person narrator exhausting much of the time. I do not say this because I dislike his character or the story. Just the honest truth. I felt so badly for him and just wanted him to heal. And I wanted him to get a clue. For Real. It took him a long time to get his business together and by that I mean pretty much the whole book so he's definitely a character you have to have a vast deal of patience with.
Ryker is sort of perfect that way. He is there for Sean and is like this strong building for Sean to storm against, but he doesn't put up with Sean's crap. Sean was pretty awful to Ryker, but Ryker saw the diamond in the rough. Ryker wasn't perfect, but he was perfect for Sean which naturally scared the crap out of the guy with big trust and emotion issues. They were pretty passionate as two tough and rough guys can be, but they were also good as partners too when Sean wasn't freaking out which I confess was much of the time. Personally, I wish they had a few longer calm periods together for the relationship to establish on more than the craziness and passion, but I guess that's how those two roll.

In the end, it was a fast read that I had no trouble engaging with the storyline or the characters. I would recommend this for those who enjoy m/m romantic suspense or intense contemporary romance.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome plot and characters 13. Juli 2014
Von Jodi Pushkin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Please see my full review on the Smoocher's Voice Blog.

Caution: Reading this book may make readers fall in love with outlaw bikers and adrenaline junkie car thieves. There are no two ways about it. This book is hot: steam coming from the pages hot. The characters are captivating, the plot is intense and the interactions between the characters are engaging and mind boggling. In other words, this is a typical SE Jakes book.

To make this book more intriguing, Running Wild is narrated by main character Sean Rush, so the reader is fixed to the facts from Sean’s point of view. This tactic gives the book an added dimension as Sean tries to come to grips to what is happening in his life as he tries to work through his thoughts, feelings and observations. In other words, reality is relative to what Sean perceives it to be.

It has been a long time since Sean Rush felt anything. The man is a bit of an enigma: Army veteran, tough guy, car thief, brawler, adrenaline junkie, loyal friend and, surprisingly, a romantic. Sean appears to be a crossroads. His recent release from the Army has him looking for his place in the world. He, along with his two best friends and fellow car thieves, Noah and Billy, joined the Army and wound up in Afghanistan to avoid going to jail. Only Noah and Sean make it out of the desert alive.

Sean likes to push boundaries, and he and Noah like to get into trouble. For Sean, stealing cars and drag racing fulfills an inherent need. It is all about the thrill. Both Sean and Noah suffer from PTSD, and Noah turns back to stealing cars, while Sean, without realizing it, gets what he needs from starting fights and from having hot, mind blowing, exhausting sex. That is until he starts stealing cars again.

Sean has fallen into a “relationship” with a member of the local motorcycle club, Havoc. Ryker is sexy, powerful and mysterious, and he has been breaking into Sean’s house on a regular basis for the last eight months.

Jakes is a master of grabbing the reader by the throat and not letting go, and she has done it again with Running Wild. This is the first book in a new series, and readers are left wanting more about these eclectic characters: Sean, Ryker, Casey, Jethro, Linc and Sweet. There is a thin line between good guys and bad guys in this book. Jakes likes to keep readers on the edge of their seats as she slowly reveals the facts and deepens the characters through expert development and plot manipulation.

As the relationship between Sean and Ryker intensifies, the tension between Sean and Noah increases. Sean is not sure who to trust. Despite Sean’s actions and words, it seems clear that he wants the relationship he has with Ryker to be about more than sex. But, Sean doesn’t do relationships.

Jakes likes to blur the lines between good and bad in her books, and she expertly does this in Running Wild. The characters and plot are captivating. Since this is the first book in a series, the HEA is understated. Jakes uses a grittiness in this book that lends to the realism and intensifies the relationship between these characters and the rawness of the plot. Jakes’ characters are multi-dimensional, strong, vulnerable, and very skillfully flawed. As in her other books, the genuiness of the characters is revealed through subtle character actions and dialogue, which makes this book a great read.
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